How should we define self-interest for humans?

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This question is at the heart of the second unit in my Philosophy of Human Nature course. Yesterday we had to turn in our initial thoughts regarding this question. I found this one harder to initially answer than our first overarching question, so the above-linked document isn’t even as coherent as the last one was. Of course that is fine for the initial ideas, it is the more comprehensive essays that follow after we explore readings on these questions that must be coherent with a real thesis.

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